Game #35 Preview: Marlins (16-17) @ Cubs (14-20)

Losers of seven of their last eight games and four in a row, the Cubs try to salvage the finale of the three-game series with the Marlins.

From my office window, I see lots of clouds, fog, and in the alley behind Mr. Beef, a couple guys who look like they're ready to start throwing punches. Forecast says there's a 70% chance of rain by 3pm. I foresee a nearly 100% probability that I'll be disgusted by the second inning.

Pitchers: Chris Volstad (3-2, 4.12) vs. Carlos Silva (3-0, 3.50)

Volstad has racked up four ND's against the Cubs but has pitched pretty well each time out. Silva, making his sixth start as a Cub, got rocked pretty hard last Friday in Cincinnati, though he was the beneficiary of that offensive explosion on Starlin Castro's debut night and collected a victory for his five-inning, ten-hit, four-run effort. Also noteworthy (?): Silva mentioned having shoulder discomfort following the game. Perhaps all of those pins that Carlos Zambrano has been sticking in his Carlos Silva voodoo doll are finally taking hold.

Good history: Silva is new meat to most of the Florida hitters, but against Volstad, Mike Fontenot is 4/11 with a home run and The Man Who Used To Be Aramis Ramirez (not in today's starting lineup) is 4/8 with a HR. 

Bad history: Kosuke Fukudome has gone 1/10 against Volstad, while Alfonso Soriano is 0/9 with 4 K's and Derrek Lee, who stroked a pair of doubles last night, is 2/11 with 4 K's.


As mentioned, A-Ram, down to .159 after last night's oh-fer, is sitting, with Jeff Baker, hitting just .220 himself, starting at third. Also, Castro is hitting in the second spot in place of Theriot, who is resting with "a tight hammy, not considered serious" according to Wittenmyer.

Fish: Coghlan 7, Sanchez 3, H. Ramirez 7, Cantu 5, Uggla 4, Paulino 2, Ross 8, Carroll 9, Volstad 1.

Cubs: Fukudome 9, Castro 6, Byrd 8, Lee 3, Soto 2, Soriano 7, Fontenot 4, Baker 5, Silva 1.


Well, at least they removed one gaping black hole from the middle of the lineup...

Juan Cruz no longer an option. Injured.

"I foresee a nearly 100% probability that I'll be disgusted by the second inning"


I made my kid's cereal today and when I poured in the milk I saw Tyler Colvin's picture on the carton.


Crunch - your buddy jakester just popped up in the comments of the last thread...

i'm not getting into that.

i've already lost my ass to that guy in a past internet lawsuit.

according to my records he hasn't cashed his internet lawsuit check yet so that makes me kinda nervous about our past settlement.

Nice, one. At least this lineup give me a small bit of confidence that Lou is alive. For a while I thought maybe Trammel was rolling him around like Uncle Bernie.

for Corey patterson...

that's the 2nd prospect on Mike C's awesome list of prospect from other teams that has been sent down.

Oh, I'm guessing the Achilles surgery he had last September has something to do with it. He didn't see much action in ST.

Marlon Byrd is the tits.

I'd love Marlon to death if he do something about his throws to the plate tailing so far off line. They were tailing far right this spring and the Dback announcers predicted that the league would run without fear against his arm.

So, it doesn't count that he threw someone out at home in the last few games?


Carlos The Stopper Silva back to his old tricks. I guess he's going to win the Cy Young on a list place team. He's the new Steve Carlton.

i'm pretty sure he spent the offseason looking for desolate dirt road crossroad intersections seeking the devil in order to inquire about a possible deal.

Those helicopter rentals aren't cheap, so the ridiculous deal he signed with Seattle really helped a lot.

The Marlins announcers were schticking it up over Silva's contract. It's okay for us to kid about it, but he's 4-0, so they can get bent.


I expect Mount Z is about to erupt.

Can't be having much fun.

Cubs win! Cubs win!


5 games til .500 !!

castro back in the 8 hole friday according to lou...

theriot has a tight hamstring...held out for cold weather...

going 2-4 for will get you that demotion every time.

pulled in the 8th to put in another righty against John Baker.


ronnie woo is making sure people realize he still exists by screaming over the part of the park where the post-game media room is...after a few minutes of it...

"have you ever met ronnie woo-woo?" - reporter
"who?" - silva
*reporter laughter*

Wow... I can't believe he has his own website... I needed that. Strongly recommended if you need a chuckle...

That flaming ball looks like it is going to end up a high and well of the plate for a ball, so the website looks pretty accurate to me.



Wow, click on the HOME link. The flash animation is totally over the top and obnoxious.

I have the two-sport poster of him shirtless on the ceiling above my bed.

Except Bo was good.

Wow, I really just can't get enough of this website. I'm scrolling through the photo gallery wondering what sort of filter is used for deciding on the images. First there's a glorious picture of him running with the football with his fingers are firmly wrapped around the facemask of a defender...but then, there's, what looks like one of Tim's cartoons, which is slamming Someninja's shortlived baseball career. Either he's got a great sense of humor or they're slapping every photo google finds onto the website.

Jack of all trades, master of none.

if you don't in this age and you're a high end pick or player...your agent sucks.

Jim Palmer on Corey Patterson being called up: "it gives them a guy who can bat leadoff".


One out bottom of the 9th, Ludwick on first, Cards down by 8. Pujols doubles against the wall and Ludwick busts his ass to come around and score, the crucial 2nd run... more importantly getting Pujols a worthless RBI.

he's got to get his RBI's somehow, he pretty much gets the Bonds treatment now with runners on.

/bitter owner of Pujols this year in fantasy ball

The funny thing about the Bonds treatment is that it's self-fufilling. If the umpires would call the strike zone correctly, then pitchers wouldn't be afraid to pitch to these guys. The fact that they get a shoebox sized strike zone makes the pitchers say "screw it, I'll just walk him".

Cant we all just enjoy a rare cubs win and a day off for
Aramis Ramirez to work with his well known batting coach.

This from today's Tribune web article on today's game:

"The Cubs still have room for much progress."

That's some quality word putting togethering.

...and also news to me.

only 5 games to .500!

saw that Cashner and Vitters are doing well after their promotions...

from the Baseball America daily list/prospects report...

CHC AAA Cashner, Andrew
6 5 1 1 1 6 1.50 W (1-0); First start at Triple-A goes just as well

CHC AA Vitters, Josh 3B
4 1 2 0 .462 2 2B (3); Promotion to Double-A hasn't slow him one bit

Glad I'm not DeRosa's doc...

A brutally honest Mark DeRosa said Tuesday that the left wrist surgery he underwent last year was a "total failure" and will remain out of the Giants' lineup for at least a couple of days to determine his next course of action.

When DeRosa's surgeon was asked to comment he only said
"HIII! Everybody!!!"

They should go back and forth in the press debating just who is the actual failure. That'd be fun.

my money is on Dr. Kremcheck

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.